Socceroos Central: Juric returns after Blick controversy

by Ben Somerford on Oct 29, 2018

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Tomi Juric returned to the Luzern starting line-up for the first time in six months in a 2-1 win away to Neuchatel Xamax in the Swiss Super League following media controversy.

Juric started and played 78 minutes in the win, following talk in the Swiss press about his future at the club.

Blick speculated that Juric had “faked” his injury recently, having missed games for Luzern but being able to join the Socceroos camp although Luzern sports director Remo Meyer leapt to his defence.

"Tomi has his physios with the national team," Meyer told Blick.

"He was also in treatment there when he was injured and could not play."

Juric's start was his first for the club since April 22, having battled injuries over the past six months.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Oliver Bozanic conceded a penalty as Hearts lost 3-0 to Tom Rogic's Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Bozanic brought down Ryan Christie, allow Scott Sinclair to score Celtic's first goal from the spot.

Rogic put in a full shift and BBC's report read: "Tom Rogic, an imperious presence at the heart of it all, pirouetted and loped and swaggered forward with growing menace."

Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet, including some crucial second-half saves, as Brighton defeated Wolverhampton 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan dived low to his left to save Matt Doherty’s low drive from outside the box.

The Socceroo produced a stunning save in stoppage-time after partially clearing a corner, somehow hanging on to Ryan Bennett’s strike between his legs.

Elsewhere, Aaron Mooy put in a full shift as struggling Huddersfield lost 3-0 at Watford.

Mooy only earned a 5/10 rating from the Examiner, who wrote: “Looked out of sorts wider out but did fire in some shots without luck.”

Barnsley’s Kenny Dougall is out until the New Year after suffering ankle ligament damage playing in League One in midweek.

Full games

Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Danny Vukovic, James Holland, Jimmy Jeggo, Fran Karacic, Golgol Mebrahtu, Mitch Langerak, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Dylan McGowan, Connor Chapman, Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams, Brad Jones
Denis Genreau – SB 60, Ryan Williams – ST 85, Bradden Inman – ST 90, Ryan Edwards – SB 75, Oliver Bozanic – ST 70, Anthony Kalik – ST 78, Mustafa Amini – ST 85, Jason Geria – ST 85
Unused subs
Trent Sainsbury, Ajdin Hrustic, Aziz Behich, Dean Bouzanis, Adam Federici, James Meredith, Cam Burgess, Ben Garuccio, Kwabena Appiah
Notable absentees
Mile Jedinak, Alex Gersbach, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Ryan McGowan